Cincinnati theater patrons have a chance to see War Horse

April 1, 2013 by  

People who went to see the film War Horse might be surprised to find that it started life as a stage play, which is running through April 7, 2013, at the Aronoff Center in Cincinnati. The play, which is presented in multimedia format, has Joey the horse at its center. Joey is the creation of Handspring Puppet Company, and is a full-size horse puppet that looks and moves like the real thing. Its performance is enhanced by overhead projections and long-established English songs.

The story concerns a horse sold to the cavalry for service in World War I, thus parting him from Albert, the boy who loves him. The play follows Joey as he moves from the British to the German lines, finally ending up in no-man’s-land. For the sake of anxious parents, it should be noted that Joey survives the play, though many of his human companions do not. He is finally reunited with Albert, who has enlisted in the Army to find him and bring him home.

The play is based on the 1982 children’s book War Horse by Michael Morpurgo and began when the National Theatre of Great Britain searched for a project it could collaborate on with the Handspring Puppet Company of South Africa. Originally scheduled for a 50-performance run, the show is now performed around the world.

War Horse goes on at 8pm Tuesdays to Saturdays, with a 6.30pm curtain on Sundays. There are also two matinees: 2 p.m. Saturdays and 1 p.m. Sundays.

It is common for theaters to work with poster printing services to create memorable art for display throughout the region.